Nothing makes a house a home more than the smell of hot bread in the oven……
(Makes 6 large loaves)
Made in a Bosch Mixer
Scald 4 cups of milk (I like whole or 2%). Pour into mixer. Add 4 cups of cool water. It is immediately ready for 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup yeast. Let this mixture stand until the yeast is foamy. Then add 9-10 cups of flour. Beat for 5 minutes.
While this is mixing, melt 1/2 cup shortening (no substitutes) and 1/4 cup of real butter. When the first mixture has stirred for 5 minutes, add the oils and slightly less than 1/4 cup of salt. Again, beat the dough for 5 minutes. Add 7-8 cups flour, and beat for 10 more minutes. (A common mistake I have made and I see with other breads is that people add too much flour. The dough should pull from the sides of the bowl, but still be quite sticky).
Grease a large bowl, and drop the dough into it. Cover and let the dough raise until it is double in bulk. After it has doubled, punch down and divide dough into 6 equal amounts. Grease 6 bread pans heavily, and place dough into the pans. Let raise until the dough is slightly above the brim of each pan. Place in a preheated 400 degree oven and cook for 10 minutes. Then turn the oven temperature down to 325 degrees and cook for 28-35 minutes longer, until the loaves are golden brown!